QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable”- William Pollard
GOOGLE DECIDES TO DISCONTINUE ANDROID PAY AND MERGES IT WITH GOOGLE PAY
Google has discontinued the Android Pay app and incorporated its functionalities to Google Pay app for Android.
WHY DID GOOGLE DISCONTINUE ANDROID PAY?
Google launched Google Pay by merging in the the attributes of Google Wallet and Android Pay. The aim is to make Google Pay as ubiquitous as possible. In near future, users will be able to transact using Google Pay on different websites, apps and even at POS machines round the globe.
Currently, you can pay with Google Pay for transit in places such as Portland, London and Kiev. Well Google is trying hard to make the app as frictionless and omnipresent as possible.
WHICH CITIES DO GOOGLE PAY OPERATE?
Currently, Google Pay is only rolled out in few countries such as the UK and the US. It may increase its reach by this year’s end. Moreover, if any developer wants to include Google Pay as a mode of payment in an app, they can implement a simple Google API.
“We give developers a very simple API to implement Google Pay. The API is simple because we are not processing that payment. We just securely pass the credentials to whoever is doing it.” says Pali Bhat, VP, Product Management for Payments.
WHAT DOES GOOGLE PAY LOOK LIKE?
Basically, Google Pay is Android Pay recreated with a UI that sticks to the Google’s guidelines for product design. You will see two sections, Cards and Home. The Home section provides information about recent purchases, your nearby stores, and easy access to rewards points while shopping. While the Card section includes details such as your transactions and saved cards. You can manage your cards, view previous transactions, and perform other related processes in this section.
SPOTIFY PREPARING TO CREATE ITS VERY FIRST OWN DEVICE
Spotify takes the first step to make its own hardware. The Swedish company is searching for talents, who can help them continue with their dream project.
WHAT’S THE NATURE OF THE DEVICE?
Currently, Spotify has not given any insights about nature of the hardware. However, because of company’s audio-centric nature, the product can be something such as a smart speaker like Amazon Echo or HomePod. Anyways, it’s certain that Spotify is aiming at controlling end user experience by creating its own range of hardware to exemplify state-of-the-art performance.
The Swedish company has posted job openings for hardware production manager and other related profiles on its recruitment website. They may not start producing devices in near future but may gather resources to brainstorm the production process. Till now Spotify has relied on other hardware producers and also takes the cake
DO YOU NEED THIS DEVICE?
Well that totally depends on what different Spotify has to offer to its users. Moreover, another question remains that whether Spotify still want to collaborate with its hardware partners. Presently, Spotify is a highly on-demand music streaming service, which has more than 70 million premium subscribers worldwide. Anyhow, Apple Music is a fierce competition to the company in the US and the gadget strategy may help Spotify strengthen its position in the country.